“Unity in Multiplicity”


Founded in 1961, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) serves as the “unifying voice of private education” in the Philippines “as vital to human development.”

COCOPEA takes the lead in public policy development in behalf of the five educational associations that count 2,500 educational and learning institutions among its Member-Schools, Colleges, Universities and Tech-Voc Institutions. COCOPEA seeks to promote, advance, and safeguard the interest of the private education sector in the country.

The COCOPEA Vision

    COCOPEA is the strong and leading voice of private education as vital to human development.

The COCOPEA Mission

    COCOPEA advances, promotes and protects

    • academic freedom
    • quality education
    • the essential complementarity between public and private education
    • the healthy governance of private educational institutions based on autonomous self-governance and reasonable government regulation
    • personal development, social justice and the common good

Member Associations

Dr. Anthony Jose Tamayo, PACU, COCOPEA Vice Chairperson

Sr. Ma. Marissa Viri, RVM, CEAP

Dr. Lourdes Almeda Sese, PAPSCU, COCOPEA Chairperson

Dr. Pio Baconga, ACSCU

Rev. Fr. Onofre Inocencio, Jr., SDB, TVSA


FY 2020 -2021


    Lourdes Almeda-Sese, Ed.D
    COCOPEA Chairperson
    PAPSCU President
    President & CEO, Saint Michael’s College of Laguna

    Jose Paulo E. Campos, Ed.D.
    PAPSCU President Emeritus
    President, Emilio Aguinaldo College

    Antonio M. del Carmen, Ph.D.
    PAPSCU Vice President
    President & CEO, STI College-Sta. Rosa, Laguna

    Prof. Dante Francis M. Ang II
    PAPSCU Treasurer
    President & CEO, The Manila Times College

    Royce S. Torres, Ph.D.
    PAPSCU Trustee
    President, Iligan Medical Center College


    Dr. Luz T. Duque-Hammershaimb
    PAPSCU Trustee
    President, Lyceum Northwestern University – Dagupan


    Dr. Anthony Jose M. Tamayo
    President, University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta

    Engr. Bernard Nicolas E. Villamor
    PACU 1st Vice President
    President, Cebu Institute of Technology-University

    Dr. Caroline Marian S. Enriquez
    PACU Regional Vice President for NCR
    President, Our Lady of Fatima University, Quezon City

    Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina
    PACU Trustee
    President, Centro Escolar University, Manila

    Dr. Michael M. Alba
    PACU Trustee
    President, Far Eastern University

    COCOPEA Chief Adviser:

    Dr. Vicente K. Fabella
    President, Jose Rizal University, Pasig City


    Dr. Ester A. Garcia
    President, University of the East, Manila

    Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea
    President, Mapua University Manila
    Dr. Zorba Bnn Bautista
    PACU Trustee
    Chairman, University of Baguio


    Sr. Ma. Marissa R. Viri, RVM
    CEAP President
    President, University of the Immaculate Conception-Davao

    Fr. Enrique Eking Balongag
    CEAP Vice President
    Chair, National Advocacy Commission
    Superintendent, Diocese of Dumaguete

    Fr. Albert N. Delvo
    CEAP Treasurer
    Superintendent, Diocese of Dumaguete

    Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM
    Corporate Secretary
    President, St. Louis University-Baguio

    Fr. Raymond Arre
    CEAP Chair of Superintendents Commission


    Pio D. Baconga, CPA, MBA, DFRIA
    ACSCU President
    President, Pilgrim Christian College, Cagayan de Oro City

    Dr. James L. Tan
    ACSCU Vice President
    Chairman, Grace Christian College, Quezon City

    Dr. Teodoro C. Robles
    ACSCU Trustee
    President, Central Philippine University, Iloilo City

    Junifen F. Gauuan, Ph.D.
    ACSCU Trustee
    President, Philippine Christian University

    Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann
    ACSCU Trustee
    President, Silliman University


    Fr. Onofre G. Inocencio, Jr.
    TVSA President
    Don Bosco Technical College, Kalentong St., Mandaluyong City

    Ms. Marie Jane Liban
    Vice President – Internal
    Executive Director, Monark Foundation Institute (MFI)
    San Pedro, Laguna

    Atty. Marycel C. Engracia PhD
    Vice President – External
    Manpower Educative Innovations & Network (MEIN, Inc.)


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